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Allworth Press publishes business and self-help information for the general public and creative professionals. They share distribution with Skyhorse Publishing, using W. W. Norton in the United States. Allworth Press titles are now distributed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Southern Africa, the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Books from Allworth Press have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese. Allworth Press currently has 300 titles in print.
From the website: For over fifty years, City Lights has been a champion of progressive thinking, fighting against the forces of conservatism and censorship. We are committed to publishing works of social responsibility, and to maintaining a tradition of bringing renegade literature from other parts of the world into English. In our function of discovery, we will continue to publish cutting-edge contemporary literature and brilliant new non-fiction.
- A one to two-page letter that describes your book and includes your resumé, with a list of any prior publications and information about your relevant writing and professional experience.
- A sample (10–20 pages maximum) of your work.
- An additional outline and table of contents for a nonfiction work.
City Lights takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of submitted materials. Please do not submit irreplaceable materials.
They do not accept proposals by e-mail or at the front desk at City Lights Bookstore.
Please mail proposals to:
City Lights Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94133
- A brief synopsis of your proposed book in 1–2 paragraphs
- The estimated word count of the final manuscript
- The estimated completion date
- Author biography or resume specifying credentials and publication credits, where appropriate
- Approximate sales of previous books published, if any
- A complete table of contents and/or a complete outline of the proposed chapters
- 1–2 sample chapters
- Any information regarding photographs or artwork for the book
- A description of the target audience and any information about the market
- A list of competing and comparable titles and how your book differs—be sure to tell us what makes your book unique
- Include a one-page cover letter giving a brief description of the project, why you think Chronicle should publish it, what's included in the package, and your contact information.
- If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter.
- Include an outline, introduction, sample illustrations or photographs, sample captions, sample recipes (if cookbook) or projects (if craft book), and text/sample chapters.
- When submitting artwork, either as a part of a project or as samples for review, please do not send original art, as it will not be returned. Anything from photocopies to tear sheets will do.
- Include a market analysis of the potential readership for the book. Who is the reader? What trends does the title speak to? Include a list of similar titles including the publisher, date of publication, and a brief explanation of how your book differs what's currently available.
- Include author/illustrator/photographer biography that includes publishing credits and credentials in the field.
- If you would like confirmation of receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard for the editor to put in the mail upon receiving your proposal.
Chronicle Books; Submissions Editor
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107
- Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 1500 words for fiction and 3000 words for nonfiction. Please send the complete manuscript. Do not include illustrations unless you are a professional illustrator. Do not send irreplaceable materials.
- For middle grade manuscripts of more than 10,000 words, please send a query letter with story synopsis and chapter outline. Do not send the complete manuscript.